School awarded live for their work with bees as in bloom tour arrived

Boston in Bloom. Pictures supplied.
Boston in Bloom. Pictures supplied.

A live broadcast saw Boston West Academy take a national award at the same time the judge was visiting the school.

The Boston in Bloom tour finished at Boston West Academy where judge Jeff Bates saw the work the school was doing in its outdoor learning areas.

Boston in Bloom. Pictures supplied.

Boston in Bloom. Pictures supplied.

While Mr Bates was at the school, staff and pupils were involved in a live link with the Government’s Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) HQ in London and heard for the first time that they had won first prize in the Bees Needs Awards.

It was announced by Lord Gardiner, and staff and children in Boston cheered on while head teacher Mike Schofield, who was at Defra HQ, was lost for words.

Mr Schofield later told The Standard: “We’re delighted. The award recognises, in particular our work to connect children with the natural environment and build a deeper understanding of all things natural so that they will take care of it so we have got a world for future generations.”

The award was open to all, not just schools, and recognises those environments designed to encourage pollinating insects.

Emma Schofield, outdoor learning leader and assistant head teacher, said now the school had independent assurance that the grounds and gardens were top-notch.